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Among equals, or one's peers. Term used by those who deny the Pope's primacy of jurisdiction. They claim that he has only a primacy of honor in that he is merely held (without actually being) the first among the bishops in the Catholic Church.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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